Last year's winners of the Best Fleets to Drive For awards are also this year's winners.
Today, during the Truckload Carriers Association's annual convention in Las Vegas, the two companies that won in 2020 were also named the overall winners of the 2021 Best Fleets to Drive For contest. They were:
- Boyle Transportation, of Billerica, Massachusetts won the small fleet award, which is sponsored by EpicVue
- Nussbaum Transportation, of Hudson, Illinois won the large fleet award sponsored by TruckRight
Both Boyle Transportation and Nussbaum Transportation have been named to the Best Fleets Top 20 multiple times, and for the first time in the contest's history, both companies have won in the same order for the second year in a row.
Nussbaum Transportation, with 417 drivers, is well known as an industry innovator, according to TCA. In recent years, they have focused their energy on building their community, creating programs such as GrowRED , LeadRED, and CertifiedRED, which are focused on personal and team-based development and growth.
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Boyle Transportation, with 145 drivers, was a very visible part of the U.S. vaccine distribution process, and has utilized this publicity to highlight how vital trucking is to the world. They've also continued to invest in proprietary mobile technology, helping to remove many unknown variables on the road for their drivers, said TCA in announcing the awards.
"Throughout the pandemic, these two fleets demonstrated excellence in their ability to adapt to the ever-changing situation on the ground, while at the same time, making sure their drivers have what they need to stay safe," said CarriersEdge Chief Executive Officer Jane Jazrawy. "I'm not surprised that both Nussbaum and Boyle have achieved back-to-back wins - a first in the 13 years of the program."
TCA President John Lyboldt agreed, saying, "Nussbaum and Boyle are at the forefront of an industry that recognizes the most important asset is our people. They've perfected what it takes to keep their employees, and especially their professional truck drivers happy.
"A special congratulations to Nussbaum for winning the overall fleet award three times in a row. What an accomplishment and a demonstration of their steadfast commitment to this industry and its essential employees."
The Best Fleets to Drive For contest, now in its 13th year, is an annual survey and contest that recognizes the North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experience for their drivers," said CarriersEdge Chief Executive Officer Jane Jazrawy. "To be considered, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources."
The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets are evaluated in areas such as: driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record.
The contest accepts nominations from Labor Day to Halloween each year and reveals its Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For winners each January. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named an Overall Winner during TCA's Annual Convention.